- Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:40 am
Oh Good, as a complete forum newbie I've found something that I can actually contribute advise to!
I'm an ex Sky engineer and then had my own TV Aerial business for a spell. There are quite a few different options out there.
If the room upstairs is your own bedroom, or basically you'd be happy to watch the same sky channel upstairs at the same time as downstairs then you can simply install a 'TV Link' which is simply a wire from the back of your main sky box to the upstairs TV which will show whatever channel is on the main tv upstairs (you can use a special tv-link amplifier and run to more rooms too). With a special 'Link-EYE' available from about £6. like these on fleabay (cut and paste) http://search.ebay.co.uk/search/search. ... le=tv+link
You can also change the channel on the second TV, but it will also change the channel on the downstairs tv too.
Although these are fittable by the competent DIY-er it may be worth paying a local aerial services company to do it for you ( used to charge about £40 but was probably too cheap) as they can run wires through walls and help avoid cross modulation (interference) with outher channels.
Freesat is also a good option, but please DONT think you can just split the downfeed from your dish to a second box, this simply isn't possible as the satelite downfeed has voltage, and a High/Low frequency and Horizontal and Vertical polorizations and therefore cannot be shared, that's why when SKY install multiroom they put a twin or quad output LNB on the end of your dish and run a second cable from the new LNB to your new box.
You say you can't get channel 5 in your area, but if the free channels are all you want and you can find the investment then it may be possible with a 'Big Rig' aerial and masthead amplifier. However these don't come cheap and you may need a 20ft pole, guyropes etc and should only be done by a member of the CAE (confederation of Aerial industries) with a special digital aerial meter.
If you have broadband, you can watch a lot of the output from the Beeb, Channel 4 and ITV on their various 'players'
And finally if you have digital cable or have ever had cable in the house then I understand there are boxes that will show all the channels available from fleabay (try doing a search for eurovox3) however my limited understanding is that although legal to own and watch free to air channels you would be comitting an offence to switch to a channel that you don not subscribe to so clearly I'm not advocating the use of such a box
Feel free to PM me with any questions.